Justin Bieber Won’t Attend 2021 Grammys Over Perceived Snub
Justin Bieber won’t be in attendance at the 2021 Grammy Awards this Sunday night. As reported by Page Six, the singer, who is nominated for four awards, has opted not to attend the biggest event of the music world because he is pretty frustrated that his song “Changes” is listed in the pop genre rather than the R&B category.
When Justin’s four nominations were announced last November, he expressed his discontent on Instagram, saying:
I am flattered to be acknowledged and appreciated for my artistry. I am very meticulous and intentional about my music. With that being said, I set out to make an R&B album. ‘Changes’ was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album, which is very strange to me.
Justin, who won’t be delivering a performance at the event, is competing in the category of Best Pop Solo Performance for “Yummy,” Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Intentions,” featuring rapper Quavo, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance Dan + Shay‘s “10,000 Hour,” a song Bieber features in. Of note, he’s up for Best Pop Album as well, which is at the core of his frustration.
In his extensive Instagram statement, Justin, who already owns one Grammy to his name, said, “I grew up admiring R&B music and wished to make a project that would embody that sound. For this not to be put into that category feels weird, considering from the chords to the melodies to the vocal style, all the way down to the hip-hop drums that were chosen, it is undeniably, unmistakably an R&B album!”
“To be clear,” he added, “I absolutely love Pop music, it just wasn’t what I set out to make this time around. My gratitude for feeling respected for my work remains and I am honored to be nominated either way.”
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